Sledgehammer 'probably' canceling Call of Duty action adventure

GM Glen Schofield says game would have been too "niche"; studio likely to move on to own project after Modern Warfare 3.

When Michael Condrey and Glen Schofield left EA's Dead Space team to form Sledgehammer Studios under Activision's auspices in 2009, the goal was to make an action adventure in the Call of Duty universe. However, following the meltdown at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare developer Infinity Ward in 2010, Sledgehammer shifted its focus to helping Activision ship Modern Warfare 3.

Modern Warfare 3 took priority over Sledgehammer's Call of Duty action adventure.

With Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 on track to hit its November 8 release date, it appears as if Sledgehammer won't be returning to the action adventure it had started. In an interview with CVG, Sledgehammer general manager Glen Schofield said that the game will likely be canceled, calling the setting of the game too obscure.

"We'll probably cancel it," he said. "They gave us the choice of: Do you want to work on Modern Warfare 3 or do you want to continue working on this? And we really liked that. We liked what we were doing. It's third person, probably set at a time that might have 'niched' it too much. I bet that if we had kept going, within a month or two, I probably would have switched the time period but kept the gameplay. It had some really cool stuff."

Details on the action adventure have yet to surface. However, early speculation pointed to the game being titled Bloodhunt, following a trademark application filed by Activision.

Schofield doesn't plan on having his studio continue operating as a helper on the Call of Duty franchise. Sledgehammer will, he hopes, tackle its next project on its own, though it will likely still be set in the Call of Duty franchise.

"I think that we will work alone on our next project," he said. "This game has allowed both Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games to hire, and we hired really strong teams, both of us. We needed to come together on this one, but since then we've both grown; we're both over 100 people now."

"Initially, we weren't fully functional because we had to learn a new engine," he continued. "Now we have, I think the best thing that could happen for Activision would be for us to both go off and make our own game. Whether that's a Call of Duty game or not is up in the air. I plan to continue working on Call of Duty."

For more on Modern Warfare 3, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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idkwhattoput3
idkwhattoput3

Oh and the Hans Zimmer music is awesome. HE is awesome.

idkwhattoput3
idkwhattoput3

@eminem197795 Yeah I just though it was awesome to have a sweet twist like that. An American being the bad guy caught me off guard. Why get offended? It's fiction. That's like PETA getting offended at Pokemon or something (wait.. that happened didn't it?). I mean I agree with you I just get nit-picky and jab at generalizations is all.

eminem197795
eminem197795

@nemesi609 You feel this after what, 2 years of playing MW2? Of course you're bored of all the killstreaks. But when you're on the killstreak of 25 or so, and you have a nuke, that exhilaration of pressing "4" or whatever your controller type is, is the same as it ever was. It's just old now. So, you have critical stuff to say. Come Nov 8th, you'll be defending MW3 from the feeble BF3 idiots out there just like everyone else. @idkwhattoput3 the proof is that every game that shows the American military in a positive light doesn't do well, because the international crowd is tired of it. And there are far greater international numbers than the US. The games depend more on international sales. If it didn't offend you, you have far thicker skin and are quite enlightened, or you just think to yourself, every American soldier has the sun shining out of every pore. Either way, I think that is why the MW2 and MW1 did well. Also the ultra cool and sexy British accent that Price has. Soap's bad Scottish accent was a turn off. And the music. Hanz Zimmer. I still have that on ipod. You people are fickle. But yeh'll come aroond, my son.

king_loei
king_loei

@nemesi609 - I'm in the same boat as you, bro

nemesi609
nemesi609

@eminem197795 it wasnt the story or the spec ops i didnt like in MW2 (in fact , i think i may be one of the few who enjoy cod single player, i like the whole cinematic movie feel, but i also like games like dark souls so dont label me a shallow gamer please), but the problem i had was the multiplayer, i didnt like the multi player this time. i loved cod 4, single and multi. but i feel like they cheapened mw2 with all those kill streaks, why would anyone want 4 harriers and three choppers and 40 uavs up at once? and all the guns can be fired from basically accross the map. keep in mind, this is not the ramblings of some incompetent noob whos just crying because hes bad at cod, im pretty good, 2.85 k/d on cod 4, and only a 1.5 k/d on mw2, but its still not terrible, and i get nukes, which is another reason i feel they have ruined cod. long story short, i hope they make mw3 feel like the original.

idkwhattoput3
idkwhattoput3

@eminem197795 I agree with most of your last post. I mean I didn't even read addicted2050's post that you're reacting to. I just wanted to say two things. First, I think it's too much of a generalization to say that MW2's campaign wasn't taken well in America because the American General was the bad guy. I mean there is no conclusive proof behind that. I haven't heard anything about the campaign not being taken well. There was a lot of controversy over the airport scene sure, but the campaign as a whole and having an American be a "bad guy" didn't upset me one bit. How can you just claim that without proof? Second, and less importantly, if you want a game with a lot of different endings and the closest illusion the choice I have seen in a video game, play Heavy Rain. Awesome game.

thereal-15-cent
thereal-15-cent

It's about time they try something different in the CoD universe. Why cancel it?

Hamza141
Hamza141

@eminem197795 well im not the only person who thinks ur wrong

eminem197795
eminem197795

@addicted2050 Again, MW2 is not only about the Single Player. And yes, the sequences are a little choreographed, so it happens the same time every time. That is true of every game ever made. No matter the illusion of multiple choice, the end result is the same. You win. In exactly the same way. If you know of a game that has a different ending every time or so many ways of ending it, let me know, I would like to play it. And if you say "Life", phu. BFBC2 was OK. I don't know why people say they liked it so much. I guess it is the surviving direct hits from miniguns on a chopper or glowing airplanes or end of the world plans thwarted due to oh so brave American Soldiers. Russia is the enemy again.. Whoa, who saw that coming? MW2 has the story where the American General is the bad guy at the end. And that is why it didn't take. And that is why it was so well received by the rest of the world.

eminem197795
eminem197795

@Hamza141 Thank you for your reaction. Do you have an opinion of your own, or do you critique others' critique? @xemnas0013 @rohn13 Well, they say when it ain't broken, don't fix it. Why mess with something so good, and make it bad, like Crysis 2? (Don't get me wrong, if Crysis 2 had been released first, I would have loved it. But after Crysis 1 and the lack of true open world is what Crysis 2 lacked. I would have made Crysis 2 like Fallout 3. Shooting scenarios, then go do RPG. Give me the illusion of choice, atleast.) CoD has almost never been exclusively about single player only. Everyone would agree that its MP is the best FPS MP out there. Just because you don't like it, doesn't mean the success of the game is undeserved.

fel1693
fel1693

Wait... so there's a Call of Duty universe?

Popany_
Popany_

Most things end as a triology, i think call of duty should call it quits after this one. For me its been down hill since MW2 which was the best one in my opinion(along with cod4) but if the franshise continues it will be like a roting corpse of a once awesome and great game. At least for the MW part : /

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

So the only "innovative" thing in the CoD franchise in a decade (rounding up) is probably getting canceled... "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" ... I guess.

Hurvl
Hurvl

Well, if you can't at least sell 20 million copies or more, than it's probably too niched. Hmm, I wonder how this would have compared to the cancelled Warcraft adventure game.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@StJimmy15 I guess you've spent more time at Gamestop than me! I haven't spent a dime at the 3rd Reich of video game retailers in years. Doesn't change the fact that "The Legend of Duty: A Call From the Past" is an awesome game idea.

ads_legend
ads_legend

I'm glad. If it was third person then it wouldn't feel like a Call of Duty.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@Richardthe3rd Do you by chance work at gamestop? That seems like a very "gamestop cashier" thing to say...

akiwak
akiwak

SledgeHammer probably felt out of place in the CoD realm??? Once they saw and worked with IW on the third game they must have thought 'no way!' Better to tuck tails and run than deliver a mediocre game that will ruin the franchise.....

Shalabi04
Shalabi04

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Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@StJimmy15 Now you just aren't being fair. I think sending CoD guy on a magical, Zelda-like quest is pretty imaginative honestly. It would be the first CoD game I'd have any interest in since 2007. Disappointed that you don't think fairies, magic spells, and assault rifles can't be intermingled. Sledgehammer sure did!

ryzrocks
ryzrocks

The COD FPS franchise is still alive(for now) Apparently Sledgehammer Games wanted to make an action adventure(COD) game but Activision pulled the plug...

moviequest14
moviequest14

@StJimmy15 : Indeed,while marvel has had a couple good exceptions (like Spiderman 2 ,shattered dimensions,hulk Ultimate Destruction,etc.) until recently I don't know of a single dc-comics game I REALLY liked.In fact,while I was TECHNICALLY in the 64 generation and owned a Super Nintendo I didn't steadily start gaming until gamecube generation and one of the first ''hero'' games I played was Batman: Dark Tomorrow and it left a HORRIBLE taste in my mouth for years.Hopefully Asylum/City is a foreshadowing of the future of comic/hero-games.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@Richardthe3rd No, I think you immediately tried to make a joke without thinking about the actual possibilities of this game. And I don't see what my sense of humor has to do with your lack of imagination, but good one.

beuneus12
beuneus12

meh, after MW2 COD is dead to me anyways, no matter how many they pump out..

The_Fro
The_Fro

The game may have had hope if they didn't try to slap the CoD brand on it. If it has CoD on the box people expect CoD in the box and if they got a third-person action adventure game they may get upset and stop buying games from the series because it's not the FPS they expected. It's too bad so many companies try to cash in on popular brand names.

Nodashi
Nodashi

Bah, a CoD being niche and obscure? That's total bull, they just failed to make another completely mainstream game instead of using the same engine Modern Warfare use.

santinegrete
santinegrete

Well that's bad news for me. Sometimes I imagined this title could be what RE4 did for the Resident Evil franchise, and 'niche' and 'obscure' are good in my book. When they confirm the cancellation it will be a sad day indeed.

Draken_Domingo
Draken_Domingo

@mrhagane I guess this is what happens when an insane high school girl has the powers of God XD

Frankenstrat247
Frankenstrat247

Sledgehammer: We're gonna be creative! Activision: NOPE.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

@StJimmy15 If you think I was attempting to provide an exhaustive description of the nebulous "action-adventure" genre, then you have a fairly basic grasp of sarcasm and humor...

megakick
megakick

Action Adventure? like a third person COD? Tomb Raider? ROFL.

kalace06
kalace06

CoD: MW3 is a go. CoD's future expansion is canceled which hasn't even be announced yet. I was confused at first but you gotta take the time to read the article.

MERGATROYDER
MERGATROYDER

I really wish people posting on GameSpot would proof read their posting before hitting the "Submit" button. CoD:MW3 IS NOT BEING CANCELLED! Take the time to read the article.

conkerton
conkerton

Thats a shame. I would have used an AK-47 to gun down a dragon while a white mage casted speed buffs on me.

IndiePrower
IndiePrower

I'd love to discuss. This might be unrelated to FPS game, but most of us knew what happened to Command and Conquer 4 : Tiberian Twilight which tried to take the new formula and then got bashed by their very own fans (including me, yes) for not being "Command and Conquer-ish". Do you think that the same thing is happening here? While most of you guys hopes for an innovation, the developers got a cold feet thinking the game would ended up being hated because they don't use their usual formula?

mtait01
mtait01

its a shame... some originality is what COD has need since 2007

Hamza141
Hamza141

@eminem197795 never thought that a person could write so much cr*p in a single comment

NotJackieChan
NotJackieChan

MW3 is not being cancelled. Do you people not even bother to read one freaking paragraph? This generation is pathetic...

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@Richardthe3rd If thats what you think "action adventure" means than you have a fairly basic grasp on the genre...

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Can you even imagine this? "Move over Link, Call of Duty guy is going on a magical quest to save the world." When I heard about this, it sounded like one of the dumbest, most derivative ideas I'd ever heard. It still sounds stupid.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

@moviequest14 amen to that. Picked Batman up last night and played til I had to work at 6. lol Can't believe the Arkham franchise is so polished.

StJimmy15
StJimmy15

I've heard this "Activision" makes some really great business decisions that help to diversify the genre. /sarcasm

Anto_212
Anto_212

Two Mind Blowing Series Modern Warfare and DeadSpace

2x4b96123
2x4b96123

I think this is less them wanting to work on Modern Warfare 3 and more of them wanting to be a part of a commercial success so Activision doesn't shut down their studio when it fails to be a blockbuster like they did with Bizarre Creations

muzza93
muzza93

Popularity is the callsign of mediocrity, want proof? Then how did "The crazy frog" make it to the top of the charts? haha.